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NatureMapping Program

Developing Observation Skills

[THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS - THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!]

You may feel like you can't be a NatureMapper because you can't identify every species you see when you are in the field. While the reliability of NatureMapping data depends on accurate species identification by volunteers, most of us are not able to perfectly identify everything we see in the field. For all of us, regardless of skill, it takes many hours of practice. Practice is the key to increasing your skill level and confidence as you conduct your monitoring projects. Below are some resources that you may find helpful as you practice your wildlife observation techniques. Have fun!

 

Wildlife Identification Materials

Birds

 

Mammals

Amphibians and Reptiles